Check out the Protecting Our Community finalists

The Protecting Our Community Award recognises organisations who protect the safety and human rights of the LGBTI community in Victoria.

The award is sponsored by Lander and Rogers.

Check out this year’s finalists:

  • Switchboard Victoria is a community based not for profit organisation that provides peer based, volunteer run support services for LGBTI people and their friends, families and allies. Switchboard also runs Out & About, a social home visiting service for LGBTI Victorians at risk of social isolation.
  • LGBTI Rights Unit, Human Rights Law Centre is dedicated to advocating for the rights of LGBTI people across Victoria and Australia. Over the past 12 months the unit has played a key role in positive social and legal change for LGBTI people including work on marriage quality and the rights of trans and gender diverse people.
  • Project Rockit serves to support LGBTI youth through whole-school efforts to curb discrimination. In a climate where tackling LGBTI prejudice in schools has been highly politicised Project Rockit continues to break down misogyny and slut-shaming, challenge homophobic and transphobic slurs and support allies to the community.

Note that tickets for the 2018 GLOBE Community Awards are sold out but you will be able to follow the proceedings through the live-stream from Joy.


Check out the ANZ Excellence in Business finalists for the 2018 GLOBE Community Awards

The ANZ Excellence in Business Award recognises small businesses owned and operated by the LGBTI community and the benefit that these businesses bring to our community and economy.

Check out this year’s finalists:

Lipp Media is a collaborative partnership for on-demand, digital audio (podcasts) by women and members of the LGBTI community. Lipp Media facilitates commercial brand integration to ensure the development of popular, well-produced and profitable podcasts.

Project Rockit is Australia’s youth-driven movement against bullying. Having built the social enterprise straight out of high school, sisters, Lucy and Rosie Thomas have been using business as a tool for social innovation and positive change since 2006.

Respekt Your Hair is a gender neutral salon that provides an open and safe space for all people in the community. Owners Julie and Angela recognise that hair can play an important role in expressing LGBTI identity and have cultivated a safe place for trans and gender diverse people to discuss and explore how hair can support their expression and identity.

Endorphin Wealth Management is a financial advice firm that assists people to reach their financial and life goals. They are dedicated to assisting first home buyers to be empowered to save for their home deposit and making financial advice accessible and affordable to people through the use of technology.

Come support our finalists. Purchase your tickets for the 2018 GLOBE Community Awards.

Check out the finalists who are connecting the LGBTI community

The Connecting the LGBTI Community Award – sponsored by Optus, recognises the organisations that work hard to bring people in our community together and provide a safe space for them to meet, network and grow.

Check out the finalists for the 2018 awards:

headspace Bendigo, Diversity Program raises awareness of homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and the effects it has on young people’s mental health. The program provides a safe environment that embraces diversity and is welcoming for LGBTIQ+ youth.

Melbourne Queer Film Festival creates a safe space to engage the LGBTI community, and its supporters, with the best LGBTI content in order to educate, entertain and celebrate diversity. Now in its 28thyear, the festival screens over 130 LGBTI themed films from Australia and around the world.

The Coming Back Out Ball is a large-scale social transformation project that assembled over 500 LGBTI elders and their allies during Australia’s divisive same sex marriage postal vote to celebrate and connect LGBTI people aged 65 plus.

Come support our finalists. Purchase your tickets for the 2018 GLOBE Community Awards.

2018 Finalists for the Healthy Community Award

The Healthy Community category recognises the innovative projects that work to positively support and impact the mental and physical heath of LGBTQI community.

The award is sponsored by VicHealth.

Here are the finalists for the Healthy Community category at the 2018 GLOBE Community Awards:

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Pride Cup Australia exists to challenge homophobia and transphobia within sporting clubs — and make them more welcoming for LGBTI fans, players and officials.Pride Cup is transforming one of the most homophobic and transphobic environments in Australian society into a beacon of diversity and inclusion.

Project Rockit is Australia’s youth-driven movement against bullying. Using a tried and tested methodology the service supports LGBTI youth by helping individuals create positive and lasting change at school, online and beyond.

2018 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference. Now in its fourth year, the conference is the only national summit for LGBTIQ women’s health in Australia. This year’s theme ‘Research, Resilience, Respect’ was aimed at exploring existing research and highlighting the need for further research into LGBTIQ women’s health.

Come support our finalists. Purchase your tickets for the 2018 GLOBE Community Awards.

Judges announce finalists for the 2018 GLOBE Community Awards

The 2018 GLOBE Community Awards has announced its finalists for this year’s awards, which highlight the amazing and inspirational work happening across Victoria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities.

Thirty-four finalists have been chosen out of over 90 nominations in 2018, with business leaders, volunteers, sports people, artists and community groups all making up the list of incredible finalists across ten categories, including the major award Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year.

GLOBE President Daniel de Rochefort has been amazed at the caliber of the nominees: “Nominations for the GLOBE Community Awards are a snapshot of the amazing work that is happening in Victoria’s LGBTI community – and reflective of the issues that are impacting the community.”

“For example, this year’s finalists for the John Marriott Sportsperson of the Year Award all identify as transgender, which is testament to the amazing work that our transgender community has been doing to increase inclusion in sports,” said Dan.

Winners will be announced at the GLOBE Community Awards Gala on Friday, 19 October 2018.

The gala event raises funds for the GLOBE Community Grants, supporting LGBTI community groups, a scholarship and a small business grant.

GLOBE gave out grants totaling $27,000 this year and hopes to raise an impressive amount to support the community in next year’s grants.

“The GLOBE Community Awards is an opportunity for community leaders to stop, reflect and celebrate the work that they have achieved to maintain the momentum of our community and continue to make Victoria one of the greatest places to identify as LGBTI,” says Dan.

Go to book tickets for the awards. Dress to impress in Black Tie, or Rainbow Tie (your own fabulous interpretation).

Finalists for the GLOBE Community Awards 2018 are:

A Healthy Community, sponsored by VicHealth

• Pride Cup

• Project Rockit

• Thorne Harbour Health, LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference

Connecting our Community, sponsored by Optus

• headspace Bendigo, Diversity Program

• Melbourne Queer Film Festival

• The Coming Back Out Ball

ANZ Excellence in Business

• Lipp Media

• Project Rockit

• Respekt Your Hair

• Endorphin Wealth Management

Protecting our Community – sponsored by Lander and Rogers

• Switchboard Victoria

• LGBTI Rights Unit of the Human Rights Law Centre

• Project Rockit

Think HQ Media Excellence

• Dean Arcuri

• Matthew Wade

• Daniel Miles

• Trans POV, Joy 94.9

Artist of the Year 

• Dani Weber

• Tristan Meecham

• Christopher Bryant

Volunteer of the Year

• James Houghton, Thorne Harbour Health

• Jamie Gardiner, Liberty Victoria

• Ali Hogg, Equal Love

John Marriott Sports Person of the Year Award

• Carter O’Reagan

• Hannah Mouncey

• Bowie Stover

Straight Ally of the Year

• Rebekah Robertson

• Jo Hirst

• Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

• Angie Greene

Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year

• Margherita Coppolino

• Wilhelmina Stracke

• James Lolicato

• Jeremy Wiggins

Have you started your nomination for this year’s GLOBE Community Awards?

Nominations are now open for this year’s GLOBE Community Awards.

It is free to nominate, and nominations are being sought from community organisations and individuals who support Victoria’s LGBTI community.

Nominations close at midnight on 12 August 2018.

Thinking of submitting a nomination? Follow these steps:

  • Check out our award categoriesand consider which category your nomination fits under. Don’t forget to also look at the terms and conditions of entry.
  • Get some inspiration from our finalist and awards winners on our Awards News Scroll through the stories to revisit all the finalists in our categories and read through their stories.
  • Register yourself on our Awards Force portalso that we know you are thinking about a nomination. Registration is easy (hint: you can use your Facebook or Twitter profile!).
  • Check out our GLOBE Awards Entry Guidelines 2018and start writing your answers to the nomination criteria.
  • Finish your nomination and submit by the final date: midnight 12 August 2018.

Good luck with your nomination!

Victoria’s biggest LGBTI awards is seeking nominations

Nominations are open for the 5th annual GLOBE Community Awards to recognize excellence in Victoria’s LGBTI community.

Founded and run by the Gay and Lesbian Organisation of Business and Enterprise (GLOBE), the awards celebrate the inspiring work within Victoria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex communities.

Supported by the Victorian Government and a range of sponsors including Optus, ANZ, VicHealth, Think HQ and Lander and Rogers, the awards lead Victoria’s LGBTI community in recognising the incredible work of individuals and organisations that support their community to thrive.

Last year’s major award was taken out by Minus18 CEO Micah Scott, who continues to be a champion for LGBTI youth, advocating and raising up their voices to be heard at a national level.

Last year’s winners include: RMIT University for the Protecting our community Award; Artist, Singer and Performer Mama Alto for Artist of the Year; and Associate Professor Michelle Telfer as Straight Ally of the Year for her work in developing and innovating the way medical professionals work with transgender children and their families.

President of GLOBE, Dan de Rochefort says he is expecting high caliber nominations this year. “I’m amazed by the work and dedication of individuals and organisations that I’ve seen within the LGBTI community, even in just the last 12 months.”

GLOBE is also expecting to see nominations for the individuals and organisations that were active during the postal survey, as well as the continuing work that is happening in the community.

“Our advancement doesn’t end with marriage equality, and while we expect this to be a focus of nominations due to the work that went into the vote, we are also expecting nominations for the full breadth of work happening in our community,” says Dan.

“I want you to nominate that person or organisation that makes Victoria an amazing place to be if you identify as LGBTI+.”

This year, the GLOBE Community Awards is amending the business award to focus on small business. The ANZ Excellence in Small Business award acknowledges the key role that small businesses play in shaping communities. LGBTI-owned small businesses support our place in the local community as key providers and contributors.

Farrah Tomazin, David Hannam, Elisabeth Tuckey and Emma Page Campbell will all return to judge nominations. We also welcome two new judges: Matt Buck representing ANZ, and Micah Scott representing the community in his role as 2017 Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year.

GLOBE would like to thank out outgoing judges Peter Hitchener and Georgie Stone for the commitment to the awards. Georgie represented the community last year, while Peter has been with the awards since 2015.

Nominations for the awards will close on 12 August 2018.

Organisations and individuals are encouraged to apply for the awards under ten categories. In 2018, awards will be given in the following categories:

  1. A healthy community
  2. Connecting the LGBTI community
  3. ANZ Excellence in small business
  4. Protecting our community
  5. Media excellence
  6. Artist of the year
  7. Straight ally of the year
  8. Volunteer of the year
  9. John Marriott Sports person of the year
  10. The GLOBE LGBTI Person of the Year


Eleven of Victoria’s business and community leaders were recognised for their achievements and contributions to the LGBTI community at a gala event in Melbourne on Saturday 28 October 2017

The 2017 GLOBE Community Awards- hosted by Sami Shah and Gorgi Coghlan- brought together the state’s top business leaders, volunteers, sports people, researchers and community groups to celebrate awards across a range of categories, including naming the 2017 Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year.

GLOBE President, Dan de Rochefort, said the event, which fell in the last week of the Government’s same-sex marriage poll, provided an important opportunity to celebrate achievements during a divisive and trying time for the LGBTI community.

“It was incredible to see so many people come together to celebrate our unsung heroes and the enormous impact of these individuals and businesses.”

“By taking the time to recognise the efforts of our amazing nominees and winners, we hope to not only showcase their successes, but also inspire a future wave of people serving our thriving Victorian LGBTI community,” de Rochefort said.

Named as the Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year, Micah Scott was humbled to be recognised for his work as CEO of LGBTI youth organisation Minus18.

At only 28 years old, Micah has devoted more than a third of his life to supporting LGBTI young people and making Victoria a better place for them.

Founding the Minus18 Foundation in 2011, Micah’s unparalleled understanding of LGBTI young people and ability to inspire them drove the growth of Minus18 from a 5-person events team to a youth-led charity that now engages 30 volunteers supporting more than 150,000 LGBTI Australians in events, support and resources.

“It’s an exceptional honour to have the work we do at Minus18 acknowledged, especially when considering the calibre of the other nominees. Celebrating and supporting the LGBTI community, and LGBTI youth in particular, at a time like this is incredibly important,” Scott said.

More than 450 people attended the Gala Awards, with profits going towards the 2018 GLOBE Community Grants that will be awarded in scholarships to community organisations and small businesses that support the LGBTI community.

Categories and winners of the GLOBE Community Awards are:

  • Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year – Micah Scott, Minus18
  • Community Inspiration – Dean Arcuri
  • Volunteer of the Year – Myka Williams, VAC
  • A Healthy Community – queerspace
  • Connecting Our Community – Midsumma Festival
  • ANZ Excellence in Business Award – GLEE@PwC Victoria
  • Think HQ Media Excellence Award – Mark Kearney, Bendigo Advertiser
  • Artist of the Year, sponsored by RMIT – Mama Alto
  • John Marriott Sportsperson of the Year – Meredith ‘Maxi’ Williams, Melbourne Argonauts and Athlete for Life (Be in it!)
  • Straight Ally of the Year – Associate Professor Michelle Telfer
  • Protecting Our Community, sponsored by Lander & Rogers Lawyers – RMIT University

2017 GLOBE Community Awards MCs

Gorgi Coghlan, recognisable for her seven years of co-hosting ‘The Project’ on Network Ten, as well as frequenting our televisions throughout the years reporting on, and hosting television programs ranging from ‘The Today Show’ to ‘Postcards’. Also a classically trained singer and stage performer, Gorgi has performed at charity events, raising money for organisations such as the Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s Starry Starry Night Ball.

Photograph by: Nicole Cleary

Sami Shah, is an award winning writer and comedian, and has been in the business of making people laugh for over a decade. He is known for his autobiography “I, MIGRANT” and his appearances on ‘QI’ with Stephen Fry, and on Network Ten’s ‘The Project’. Addressing social justice issues and world affairs through his comedy and his writing, he is now the author of three books, and has been nominated for multiple literary awards.

Finalists for the Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year Award

The Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year award recognises the inspiring LGBTIQA individuals creating positive impact through the work they have done within the community and their commitment to the cause.

Here are the finalists for the GLOBE LGBTI Person of the Year award:

Anthony Wallace is a passionate and long-time advocate for marriage equality and co-ordinator of the Equal Love Campaign. For over ten years he has worked to bring members of the community to the front lines, while also creating The 86 Bar, which prides itself as a safe space for LGBTQI people and performers.

Melissa Griffiths is a passionate volunteer transgender advocate whose experience of discrimination and harassment drives her toward providing an outlet for a community in need. She lends her time freely to speak at events, seminars, write blog posts, and record podcasts to further her outreach.

Micah Scott began his career as a volunteer for Minus18 at the age of seventeen, and after profound changes in the organisation has escalated to CEO. The organisation boasts a reach of over 150,000 people, and provides LGBTQI resources used the world over.

Dolly Diamond is the stage name of Michael Dalton, a much beloved entertainer and performer who’s called Australia home since 1999. Touring the nation with shows and festivals, Dolly is one of the country’s finest cabaret talents, and works to promote LGBTQI causes and emerging talent.

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